a small radio station network owner, I am forced to attend to the
station literally 24/7. When something goes down , I've gotta be
there. The creators of syndicated programs can make our lives easier
by placing their programs in generic named directories with files
names that do not change from week to week . If they follow this
protocol, we will be able to use an automated program such as Radio
Spiders to download the program unattended.
all, it would save every radio station owner hundreds of hours per
year. Some programs such as 20 the Countdown Magazine require lots
of work to set up for broadcast each and every week...
First you have to manually download the
program Then you have to unzip it. Next you have to change the files
names or change the radio automation association of this week's
program. Finally, you have to schedule it.
That's at least 1 - 2 hours of wasted effort per week per Radio
Station owner. More than an entire work week per year is lost
attending to the download of this program.
I have informed Chad Shoppa and other people that offer these
syndicated programs, that they need to be more attentive to the
needs of radio station owners. In essence, when they make it
difficult for us as small radio station owners to download their
syndicated programs they are stealing time from the Lord.
Here is a letter I sent out to a company that offers a syndicated
Will you be able to offer your program
as described? We would like to carry it and I believe my friends
would also carry it on their stations, If you would make it easier
to download. Specifically by placing it in a generic directory with
generic file names that have the same name every week, many station
owners will jump at the possibility of adding a great program that
can be automatically downloaded in an unattended mode using Radio
Spiders or another similar program that automatically does the work
without any effort on our part.
Please, for the Lord's work, I ask that
you make it happen! As it is, every station owner that carries your
particular syndicated show has to manually download the program,
unzip it, manually put it in a directory, match up the file names,
set up each new named file in the schedule and then run it... In
all, we're talking about 1 -2 hours of unnecessary work per week for
every Christian radio station that carries this program. MULTIPLY
THAT BY 52 WEEKS AND WE'RE LOOKING AT THOUSANDS OF WASTED HOURS PER
God wants us to use our time wisely.
You have an opportunity to play a posiitve role in giving Christian
Programmers more time to attend to very important business.....
especially in these hard times.. We need more time to attend to
local ministries and sponsors that pay the bills to keep us afloat
so that we can play your syndicated program.
Please, be a good steward FOR GOD by
making our job easier.
This is a critical time for Christian
Radio and we're getting very little help from those that offer
syndicated programming. Only a few syndicated programs such as Power
Praise Radio have taken the right step.
It would be good for all Christian
Station owners to ban together and agree to only carry those
programs that can be downloaded by an automated download program
such as Radio Spiders.
Wouldn't you think that if they truly
cared about the stations that carried their programs and serving Our
Lord, they would make it as easy as possible to download their
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